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A Cherry Blossom Girl is a common character type in Japanese media, due to Cherry Blossoms being their unofficial national flower and having a special place in their hearts. Most of these characters are named Sakuranote , but not every character with that name is of this character type (e.g., Sakura Kusakabe from Bludgeoning Angel Dokurochan or Sakura Ogami from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc).

She should have at least three of these characteristics, but it may be okay with two if the flower motifs are heavily emphasised:

  • Named Sakura, Oukanote , or another name that invokes sakura trees.
  • Pink Hair
  • Sakura Blossom Motif
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  • A pink Color Motif
  • Themes of death, spring and rebirth
  • Themes of Luck or Fate
  • Healing powers
  • Being a Love Interest / Associated with love
  • Being born in early spring-time
  • Yamato Nadeshiko, traditional Japanese elements such as Japanese Tea Ceremony note , Ninja and Samurai.

See also Cherry Blossoms, Pink Means Feminine



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Pictured above is Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura, who has plenty of Sakura Blossom Motifs. This also holds true for her alternate-dimension equivalent (and said alternate dimension equivalent's same named clone) from Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-. Though her real name is later revealed to be Tsubasa, not Sakura.
  • Yozakura Kenshirou (四犬士郎) from Nanbaka is somewhat like the male equivalent of this. He has pink and white hair, his eyes are sakura-pink, dons a cape with cherry blossom motifs, and is tasked with maintaining the peace in the prison. The actual kanji for 'sakura' is in his name, and together, his last name is homophonous with the concept of viewing sakura at night.
  • Sakura Haruno from Naruto has pink hair, is the girl the main character has feelings for, and obtains healing powers halfway through the series. Furthermore, one of the primary motivations that drive her actions is love, romantic or otherwise. The kanji used for her name translates to 'spring field of cherry blossoms' to further illustrate the themes behind her character.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has several characters with the name Sakura, one way or another:
  • Gantz has Hiroto Sakurai, who uses Cherry/Sakura as an online handle. Played with once when Gantz says he's "no longer a Cherry".
  • In Midori Days, the High School main protagonist Seiji Sawamura attends is named Sakuradamon (桜田門). Its back alley has blooming cherry trees, and this place is a crucial part of the scenario, as it's where his love interest Midori was shyly watching him from afar before she ended up in his hand, and where she finally decides to gather her courage and put an end to the situation, so they can start a real relationship together.
  • Kaede Sakura from Kämpfer fits due to her heavy association as a love interest. A bit of playing with the trope, as she's not a straight love interest for the protagonist.
  • Bleach: Byakuya Kuchiki is a rare male example. The cherry blossom motif is connected to aristocracy and samurai. Byakuya is both a very high ranking aristocrat and is also a military captain. His zanpakutou's powers are cherry-blossomed themed, making it look like there's a cloud of petals flying through the air when he's in attack mode. His zanpakutou is also named "Senbonzakura" (千本桜). The cherry blossoms are actually tiny blades that appear to be cherry blossoms to everyone. In the anime, symbolising the deep themes of aristocratic/samurai honour in connection to the cherry blossom, Senbonzakura's spirit manifests as a traditional samurai in a lord/samurai relationship with Byakuya. Further more, Byakuya is also heavily connected to the themes of the transience of life and love. He's a widower who adopted his wife's sister as his own upon her dying request. His every action in the manga to date has been motived by love: either love and respect for his clan and his parents or, more noticably, by love for the memory of his dead wife and for his sister, Rukia. By the way, he's a Shinigami.
  • Heart Catch Pretty Cure's Tsubomi Hanasaki's Cure name is Cure Blossom and it's rumored that her Heart Flower (the only one not seen in-series) is a sakura. Her inner world has a cherry blossom tree and lots of flying cherry blossom petals. Also, Cure Blossom has pink hair.
  • In the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED MSV, character Rena Imelia is given the nickname "Sakura Burst" due to her fighting style and a major burn scar on her back that resembles a cherry blossom and its petals scattering across her back and onto her face.
  • Gender-flipped by Chopper from One Piece. As the ship's doctor he's got the closest thing to healing powers in the series, his backstory has a fairly prominent death theme, he wears a huge pink hat for several years (and still wears it under his new hat), and he carries on his mentor's dream of bringing cherry blossoms back to his snow-covered island as a symbol of things getting better. It helps that his hooves are shaped like cherry blossom petals.
  • Amu Hinamori from Shugo Chara! counts. She has pink hair, is a love interest for almost every named male character in series at some point or another, and, considering her most powerful Character Transformation, Amulet Fortune, she pretty much has luck as part of her motif.
  • Akari Sakura, the protagonist of Jewelpet Twinkle. She's a very kind but shy girl with amazing magical power. She has a Love Interest in brooding boy Yuuma. She also has a magical rabbit who's strongly associated with cherry blossoms and luck as a partner.
  • The Sakuranomiya sisters in Blend-S. They come from a traditional Japanese family, have Yamato Nadeshiko elements to their appearances and personalities, and their family name literally means "cherry palace". Maika, the younger of the two, has a pink waitress outfit and is introduced standing close to cherry tree.
  • Aikatsu! has Sakura Kitaoji, a pink-haired girl who dons a flower hair clip.
  • Although her name is implied to mean "full circle" rather than "flower", Madoka Kaname of Puella Magi Madoka Magica is definitely this. She has pink hair and healing powers, her magical girl form has a sakura blossom motif, and themes of death, fate, and rebirth surround her.
  • Sakura Minamoto of Zombie Land Saga hits most of the requirements: pink hair and color association, floral print shirt during her first performance, born and died in springtime, an interesting relationship with fate, serves as The Heart of her group (and therefore as a sort of mental healer), and has an association with death and rebirth by virtue of being a zombie.
  • Monster Rancher has two male examples in Genki and Mocchi. Genki's last name, Sakura(佐倉) is a homophone with the word Sakura(桜) which means cherry blossoms, which are a symbol of death and rebirth. Mocchi uses cherry blossoms to attack and is associated with them, and the death-rebirth aspects come into play in the second and third seasons.
  • Harumi Sakuraba from Rokujyouma no Shinryakusha!? being an Ill Girl Yamato Nadeshiko, is the girl the MC is most obviously attracted to and the reincarnation of the Legendary romantic heroine of the Holy Forthorthe Empire.
  • Sakura Chiyoda, Tama's former Magical Girl in The Demon Girl Next Door, is clearly cherry-blossom themed: she has "Sakura" as her first name, she has pink as her Color Motif, and even her Finishing Move Sacrament Cannon leaves holes of that shape on walls.
  • Hundred has Sakura Kirishima, a pink-haired idol singer who's a love interest and has flowers in her hair.
  • In Another World with My Smartphone has Yae Kokonoe, a pink kimono-wearing Samurai girl who is a love interest.
  • Sakura Wars has the titular character of Sakura Shinguji, she's a samurai girl named "Sakura" who wears pink, is continually associated with the actual flower, and is a main Love Interest? Yup.

  • Sakura Tsuitei from Pretty Cure Full Color is called Cure Spring, so naturally, she's associated with the flower as it's a symbol of spring.
  • Sakura is the most common fan name for Japan's Gender Flipped self in the Japanese Hetalia: Axis Powers fandom, and Himaruya actually listed it as a suggested/potential name for her. The Western fandom also uses it to an extent, albeit not as often as they use Kiku instead.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Japanese drama series Sakura Shinjuu, the heroine is named Sakurako and was found abandoned by a sakura tree as a baby.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Ninja Sentai Kakuranger has Sakura, the pink member of a flower ninja team. But also less obviously is Tsuruhime who has a cherry blossom attack, is a ninja and descendant of a feudal lord, and death and rebirth are repeating elements in her family's story.
    • Sakura Nishihori from GoGo Sentai Boukenger; a Meaningful Name because she's the Pink Ranger. She is a Love Interest to the hero Akashi and the lyrics to her Image Song use the traditional sakura blossom symbolism.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Yuuto Sakurai from Kamen Rider Den-O is heavily associated with the themes of love, luck and fate (and ultimately death, since at the end of the series his future self is wiped from existence) and has the "sakura" kanji in his family name.
    • Kamen Rider Gaim's Kouta Kazuraba has a bike designed around the sakura theme, and a suit designed to look like samurai armor. "Fate" and "rebirth" are central themes of his character and the main female character's love for him is an important plot point. It's also mentioned that his birthday is in springtime.
    • Takeru Tenkuji in Kamen Rider Ghost. He's the heir to a traditional temple, his primary costume is a coat with a sakura blossom pattern, and in keeping with symbolism he dies tragically young and in battle. The theme of death and rebirth is important to his character, as he is revived as a ghost and must then fight to restore himself to life.
  • Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale is a rare Western example. While her counterpart from the Archie Comics stories the show is based on didn't have much of this beyond the Punny Name and the red hair (the closest 'natural' equivalent to pink hair), the TV show (created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a comic book writer who probably knew this trope from anime and manga) plays this to the hilt. She is connected to death right out of the gate, with the main plot of season one kicked off by the murder of her brother Jason at the hands of their father, and she tries to kill herself in the season finale — and almost pulls it off before Archie revives her. Furthermore, while in the original comics she merely came from an upper-class background, here she comes from an Old Money WASP family that is one of the richest in Riverdale (largely taking the place of Veronica, the rich girl in the comics who became a Fallen Princess on the show), an archetype that serves as the rough American equivalent of aristocracy. So far, she hasn't been pictured with actual cherry blossoms, but that's likely because season one took place during fall and winter.

  • Sakura Miyawaki from the Girl Groups HKT48, AKB48, and IZ*ONE, despite her name written with the characters "blossom" and "good" (咲良), was depicted in pink with a backdrop of cherry blossoms in the music video for "Kimi wa Melody", where she was the lead singer and center dance position for the song. When she competed on Produce48, her hair was dyed dark red. Most of her outfits were pink, and her concept evaluation had her dressed in pink dancing with cherry blossoms in the background.
  • Eunha from GFRIEND has pink hair, cherry blossom motifs for her project with Pepsi and was born in spring.
  • Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid was given a cherry blossom variation called "Sakura Miku", where her clothes and hair are toned pink and she is depicted with cherry blossoms.
  • Air has a song titled "Cherry Blossom Girl", addressed to one.

  • Kiyomi Haunterly from the Monster High movie Haunted is a noppera-bō (thus, a ghost) with pink hair and cherry blossoms featuring heavily in her outfit and accessories.

    Video Games 
  • Mika Himeya from Mica: Apoptosis is one, being a Yamato Nadeshiko dressed in pink, a girl with healing powers,in love with a young man, and with a name that means "truthful flower". Once she realizes that it is easier to kill than to heal, she crosses the Moral Event Horizon and becomes a murderer.
  • The Sakura Fairy in Onmyōji, obviously.
  • Rihoko Sakurai from Amagami is one of Junichi's possible love interests (and the only one with a Cherry Blossom Motif) who's story is heavily based on Yamato Nadeshiko elements and Tea Ceremony, her final scenes show this well with having a Tea Ceremony in the spring with blossoms flying around while she was thinking she is going to confess some day.
  • Since Heart Aino of Arcana Heart is both the resident Love Freak and canonically possesses the Arcana of Love, it's no surprise that cherry blossoms are associated with her. If you use Arcana Force in her stage, the background graphics will be replaced with one that's absolutely filled with cherry blossoms.
  • Sakura Shinguji in Sakura Wars, a young Samurai whose distinctive pink kimono has a repeated semi-abstract cherry blossom motif. She's also sort of the poster girl Love Interest of the series, and even her pilot uniform and personal mecha are pink. The Soft Reboot Sakura Wars (2019) continues the tradition with Sakura Amamiya, a swordswoman-in-training who dresses in a kimono with several pink elements, has a cherry blossom motif (represented as either an emblem worn on her kimono or a hair accessory worn with her combat uniform), and is the poster girl love interest for her game. And yes, her own combat uniform and personal mecha are pink too. In fact, this Sakura idolizes the original Sakura Shinguji.
  • Sakura Mizrahi from Xenosaga, who is strongly associated with Death (since she is a terminally Ill Girl and Posthumous Character) and who is Jr.'s first love interest. MOMO, an artificial girl who was created in her image, is given pink hair and is an White Magician Girl in the first game, perhaps in reference to this trope.
  • Yuyuko Saigyouji in Touhou Youyoumu ~ Perfect Cherry Blossom. Being a pink-haired ghost, she's naturally associated with death, including the power to kill with a thought, and in the ending it's revealed that her body is buried beneath the cherry blossom tree Saigyou Ayakashi. Her Leitmotif is called "Bloom Nobly, Ink-black Cherry Blossom".
  • The Cherry Ghosts and White Cherry Ghosts in the Korean MMORPG La Tale. Being ghosts, they are of course associated with death. They are also dressed in very traditional (and very pink) Japanese kimonos, have hair decorations made from blooming cherry branches, and only appear at Cherry Lake, which is covered in cherry trees in perpetual bloom. The special weapon made from their soul jar is a spear based on a blooming cherry branch. In the Japanese version of the game, they are called "Sakura Ghosts".
  • She's not named "Sakura", but Kaori Yae of Tokimeki Memorial 2 fits the trope otherwise:
    • Her given name, Kaori (花桜梨) has "Sakura" for its second Kanji, just with its Chinese alternate reading "Ô", instead of the Japanese reading "Sakura"; and her first name, Yae (八重), is the first part of the Japanese word "Yaezakura" (八重桜), a double-flowering cherry tree.
    • Her hair color is similar to a cherry blossom; her mandatory event revolves around her comparing herself to a late-blooming cherry tree; her seiyuu, Kazusa Murai, even states in the game's freetalk (unlocked after you complete Kaori's storyline) how she thinks Kaori is similar to cherry trees; her main Image Song is called "Ouju no Sasayaki" ("Whisper of the Cherry Tree"), and the official Music Clip made around this song shows her in a forest of cherry trees that progressively bloom; and her symbolic flower is listed as the "Yaezakura" in the official Illustrations Artbook.
  • Princess Mana of the iOS game Chaos Rings. She wears a cherry blossom in hair as well as her waist wrap, wears very traditional and very Japanese inspired clothing, is a Yamato Nadeshiko, is implied to be from a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Japan, is loved by and eventually falls in love with Ayuta, and dies in every character's path except Ayuta's.
  • Cheria Barnes from Tales of Graces is the pink-haired love interest of main character Asbel Lhant. During the game, Cheria is described as motherful and dutiful, even spending seven years waiting for Asbel to come home. She possesses a healing power, which she uses to work in a relief organisation during the war. Her second Blast Caliber, "Garden of Innocence" consists of a distinctive sakura tree appearing behind her, healing all party members and reviving incapacitated ones.
  • In Ninja Jajamaru-kun, Princess Sakura will drop Cherry Blossoms from the top of the screen. Later sequels, starting with Jajamaru Ninpō Chō, usually depict Sakura with a pink kimono and headband.
  • In Persona 4, Yukiko Amagi's initial Persona, Konohana Sakuya, is a woman dressed in bright pink with distinctive blossom-like wings and an affinity for healing skills. Yukiko herself is named after snow and associated with red instead of pink, but she does have the Yamato Nadeshiko personality.
  • The Sakura skin for Karma in League of Legends. Karma herself looks Indian instead of Japanese, but it's sort of in the same direction.
  • Fire Emblem Fates has Sakura; youngest of the Hoshido royal family. She appropriately represents all of the cherry blossom motifs from her pink hair to her sweet (if shy) attitude. As a bonus, Hana, her friend and personal retainer, is a sucker for all things cherry blossoms.
  • Sakura Kasugano from Street Fighter has a cherry blossom motif in some of her official artworks, she's born in March, and she's more or less a Love Interest for Ryu (though, it's largely one-sided). Regarding the latter, she's definitely a Morality Pet to him, whenever he's falling into the Satsui no Hado.
  • Sakuya in Ōkami qualifies for this trope despite being the spirit of a golden peach tree — she protects and preserves Nippon through her network of enchanted trees, has pink blossoms, hides the people of Kamiki Village in her fruit when the darkness is about to overwhelm it, and at one point in the early game withdraws into her tree until revived by the protagonist Amaterasu.
  • Kasumi of Dead or Alive, the Kunoichi of Destiny whose movements are usually trailed by sakura petals. As a bonus, her original voice actress was Sakura Tange.
  • Kingdom Hearts has a Rare Male Example in Marluxia, who was actually intended to be a woman in early drafts but had his gender switched in order to avoid some Unfortunate Implications. Marluxia has pink hair, his stage has a prominent floral theme and he also scatters petals around himself whenever he moves. He combines Fate and Death themes from both the west and east by way of dressing in a Hooded Black Cloak and wielding a Sinister Scythe, which makes him look very much like The Grim Reaper, while his "element" is identified as "Flower", though in contrast to the floral-themed healing spells in Kingdom Hearts, Marluxia's are deadly instead, the petals he scatters whenever he moves and attacks are either Cherry Blossoms or Rose Petals and his stage is eerily white.
  • Sakuramochi from Food Fantasy, since she's the personification of a cake eaten during Spring and associated with cherry blossoms. She has long pink hair, wears a pink combination of a Kimono and a maid uniform, loves defending and caring for others, and struggles with being The Ageless as the humans she cares about die.
  • Cherry Blossom Cookie from Cookie Run. she has long pink hair and frilly pink clothes, and she loves tea (although her teacup is more western) and refers to hanami. Her ability even surrounds her with falling cherry petals.
  • Sakuya Sakuma from A3 is another Cherry Blossom Boy as having pink hair, having sakura as his respective Flower Motif and as he is the very first member you recruit and the leader of the Spring troupe, heavily associated with new beginnings.

    Visual Novels 
  • Sakura in Da Capo is more aptly named than what's apparent from the beginning.
  • Yoshiyuki Sakurai in Da Capo II, where it's a Meaningful Name that he got from Sakura based on her own full name, Sakura Yoshino when she wished for family.
  • Mayu Sakurai , and her little sister Mami, from Yarudora series vol. 2: Kisetsu o Dakishimete. Also a Meaningful Name for both, what's with Mayu having reincarnated as the Spirit of the Cherry Trees after her death, and Mami having her soul fused with Mayu's to fend off the curse of the "Hirenzakura" cherry tree long enough for the protagonist to save her, after she had a traffic accident and fell into coma.
  • Sakura Matou from Fate/stay night has a flower themed ending, is the final love interest and is working hard at being a Yamato Nadeshiko. However, things aren't as pleasant as they seem: Her route is the darkest of the three routes in the Visual Novel, filled with death, squick and mental trauma.
  • Unlike most examples, Kashima Sakura of Rewrite is neither good nor young. She has Healing Hands with the side effect of transcribing part of her own mind onto the people she's healed, ensuring their loyalty to her, and her objective is to cause human extinction (death) so that the Earth can try again with a new dominant life form (rebirth), though Sakura herself just wants to end all possibility of life. She also doesn't believe in love, thanks to seeing Things Man Was Not Meant to Know, but used to; when, in the last route, the person she once loved is killed, Sakura moves her apocalypse plot up to enact it ten years early. Fate and her relationship to it are also central to her motivation.

    Western Animation 
  • Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls is the superhero/regular little child variant. Pink dress, pink eyes, redheaded, huge red bow, heart barette. She was named because like a blossoming flower, she was the first of the Powerpuffs to open up to the Professor.

Alternative Title(s): Sakura Girl


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